Phonetically speaking

My sister studied in a Christian missionary school. Somehow there is a notion that, such type of schools pay more attention to English and students from those schools have less or weak knowledge in Tamil (I am trying to be "politically correct" here..if u still find it offensive..don't sue me :D ). Once she had misspelled "Veera Paandiya Kattabomman" as "Kettabomman" (which literally translates to spoilt Bomman) :D It was so funny that her teacher still remembers her for that spello (had she typed we cud've called it Typo :D) and i never miss a chance to pull her leg with that ( aabveyesly u c :D )

I read an article about Dyslexic people, who spell words differently. Take the movie "Taare Zameen par" for that matter. There is a scene where the teacher gets irritated with Ishan for making so many spelling mistakes. Was wondering why people go crazy over misspelled words. What was "Colour" few years back is "Color" now. Even Blogspot is highlighting the first version as wrong spelling. My classmate once read "Island" as "Isssland". All of us laughed. Few days back in News i saw one French minister pronouncing the same way..in front of media. No one bothered!! what was "Schedule" is being called as "Skedule". Who decides which spelling or pronunciation is correct? No word is going to sue you for spelling it wrong :D So what the heck?? So Why all this hungama??

Right from childhood..we have all been brought up as conformists. Do this, as its the way everyone does. If someone does something different, its screamed at or scorned.
But one thing is..if everyone decides to have their own way and say over things, it would be total chaos. I am not calling for a rebellion here. But these are small things, i feel, which doesn't warrant such strong reactions. End of the day its the communication which matters.

P.S: En neram, before i could publish this post, a mail came from one of my colleague with so many spelling mistakes that i couldnt understand what he was trying to convey..had to call him up and confirm :D Oru vela en posta hack panni publish panrathuku munna padichitaro?? :D

Comments

Swaram said…
LOL Gils .. it iss aaaalll abaut kammunikeshan wonly :D

So, he did hack ur post n read it eh ... Yippee! I understood all the Tamil words there .. communication :)
Annam said…
i never miss a chance to pull her leg with that
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chinnatha onnu kidacha pothumey....kalaiichingla u kiladi aachey:)
Annam said…
thangachi unga anney pesura engleesuuu vachu u pull his leg too ithu thaazhmaiyana request aakum
Annam said…
. I am not calling for a rebellion here
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chollurathu ellam solli mudichitu am not callinga na nambiruvoma:)
Annam said…
unnoda post puratchi seya aarambichittu unnoda colleague moolama:)))))
Annam said…
inimel gilsukku mail ellarum thappa kareectta eluthungo :)
Annam said…
boss konjam phonetics class edunga boss:)
RamMmm said…
Island as issland - childhood memories. My favorite and the first train that I ever knew, the Island Express. Deliberately used to mis-pronounce. Even now I chellamaa call pongal as pengal (in Tamil without a kaal) :)

Conformist - so what? :-) I am one. I don't think these days, at school you are penalized in any other subject for spelling mistakes other than in English. Maybe makes sense. But send any doc to me and the first thing that jumps out at me are spelling mistakes. :-)

I hate SMS lingo. :-) (Read carefully, I have not said SMS lingo users) Label me a prude, but I'd use T9 and type out the full thing than the contortions.

To an extent, they are all personality oriented. Some people care, some people don't. I care, especially on official documents or communication.
Annam said…
So Why all this hungama
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ithu oru nalla kelvi ....vil tell the answer later:)) :P
Annam said…
ramm ungalaoda comment oru post potturulama pola
well u see, for every non conformist there is a Vocab Nazi..
soin said…
my sis read owaiyar as ulavaiyar..free
lakshmi said…
Ya, rightly said! I luv ppl when they pronounce or misspell words.

I had a frnd who is known for mispronunciation or she misspells a word or she jumbles all the letters in a word n words in a sentence or in a para she reads second line first n first line second... mothuthula whatever she speaks in english will be like french :) I got so used to it so much, that ill be her translator when she speaks in english to others.. :).. I luv her for this.. To recollect one such incident, she had returned from a long leave n when asked she said that her mother underwent a major operation in ball gladder (supposed to be gall bladder )... :) We used to have real fun during study holidays. Feeling reaaaaally nostalgic... miss college days.. thanks Gils!
haha.. englipis talking is one big over hyped bubble you know!

but, though i agree there's no universal pronunciation one should strictly stick with, I also think it doesnt hurt one to learn the right thing from the native speakers.

like, thamizhla 'zha' is 'zha'. you cant say 'valapalam' and show the finger. :)

word ver: cincoo - I pronounce it chinkuu :P
athivas said…
Hi-fi Gils!! I always wonder what went through the person's mind when he actually named/worded an object/thing/verb whatever!! In what language would men have thought before languages were framed? Finally, it's all in the communication, aama bosss!!
kanagu said…
distance is too much between me and English..

but I like to ask... if 'S' is silent then what is the need for it in the word 'Island'??? crazy...
vimmuuu said…
Oh Color and colour is because of the way the US and the UK uses it. Since we all learned the leftovers from the British syllabus, we use colours. same for neighbor, neighbour, flavour, flavor !!! aaahhh, what am i doing ??? taking english lessons ??? chey !!!

whatever said and done, kEttabomman was toooo good !!! :D :D :D
Ramesh said…
thij engleesh wery touf. Y hab aal thij combleekashuns. Solpa adjust maadi.
gils said…
@kattabommi:

:)) ur kament sounds ditto like mine :)))) hey hifi u got the tamil words :D

@pikaali:

//chinnatha onnu kidacha pothumey....kalaiichingla u kiladi aachey:)//

hehehe
gils said…
//thangachi unga anney pesura engleesuuu vachu u pull his leg too ithu thaazhmaiyana request aakum//

:)))) hehehehe

//chollurathu ellam solli mudichitu am not callinga na nambiruvoma:)//

hehehe athelaam kanudkapdaathu :))
gils said…
//unnoda post puratchi seya aarambichittu unnoda colleague moolama:)))))//

ithu veraayaa :))

//inimel gilsukku mail ellarum thappa kareectta eluthungo :)//

avvvvvvvvvvvv.....eki :)
gils said…
@rammmmmm:

//. My favorite and the first train that I ever knew, the Island Express. Deliberately used to mis-pronounce. Even now I chellamaa call pongal as pengal (in Tamil without a kaal) :)
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:D :D ponga as pengal :D :D no wonder :D :D
gils said…
//Conformist - so what? :-)//

Thappay ila :D

// I am one. I don't think these days, at school you are penalized in any other subject for spelling mistakes other than in English. //

??is it...cool :)

:D nothing against being formal..but as a person..u wud never catch me dead in a suit for sure :D
gils said…
//well u see, for every non conformist there is a Vocab Nazi..//

chacha...i think..people who mend the words their own sweet way often are more strong in vocab than the prudes :)
gils said…
//my sis read owaiyar as ulavaiyar..free//

hahaah..mine used to :D :D but got it corrected way fast when she saw us laaffing our head off :D
gils said…
@laks:

:) ungaluku inimay ithaan nick name..okva :) liked ur comment :) college daysla neengalum uncannyum seriana rettai nayanama iruntheepeenga pola :D
gils said…
//but, though i agree there's no universal pronunciation one should strictly stick with, I also think it doesnt hurt one to learn the right thing from the native speakers. //

nothing wrong matumila..one has to know the real way is my thinking..but just because someone doesnt..dnt penalise him is the point. :)
gils said…
//! I always wonder what went through the person's mind when he actually named/worded an object/thing/verb whatever/

wow..athivasi..hifi :D :D ditto my thots :D :D
gils said…
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but I like to ask... if 'S' is silent then what is the need for it in the word 'Island'??? crazy...//

sooooooper kostin :D :D
gils said…
//aaahhh, what am i doing ??? taking english lessons ??? chey !!!//

hahaahah :D :D US UK avanaglukulara adichikatum..y shd v fite :D :D namma tamizh telugu ozhunga kathupom :D
gils said…
//thij engleesh wery touf. Y hab aal thij combleekashuns. Solpa adjust maadi.//

avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv....epdi iruntha thala ...ipidi aaitele :D :D
Vidya said…
I like what you say about conformance!! It is the like business of living consumes people that they forget that there is more to everything than following rules!

Vidya
Aaarti said…
As they say English is a very punny language... We the tall it, rock it n mess it up happily as we please .... But yes, I too wonder abt spellings- whoever came up with the wacko speellings n pronounciations... Think they did it just to mess with our head n give us he'll thru school :-)

Sema post.. Yenjoyed eet
gils said…
@vidddiii:

sariaaga kooorinaai :D


@rt:

// whoever came up with the wacko speellings n pronounciations... Think they did it just to mess with our head n give us he'll thru school/


athey athey sabaapathay :D
lakshmi said…
nickname double ok :))... ana the friend whom i reffered to was not uncanny.. Uncanny yavathu mis-spell panrathavathu.. avakita english la paesa arambicha, ill start to fumble :( so no taking risk.. only chennai tamil with her :) (vazhga chennai tamil!)
gils said…
@laks:

//Uncanny yavathu mis-spell panrathavathu.. avakita english la paesa arambicha, ill start to fumble :( so no taking risk.. only chennai tamil with her :) //


oohhh...avanga peterakkaava :D :D nenechen :D :D
lostworld said…
Kettabomman!! :D

Funny language we speak as it is.. and ppl mutate it properly.
Careful gils, your moves are being watched or hacked!
gils said…
//Careful gils, your moves are being watched or hacked!/

!!! enga ipdilaam bayamurutharel!!! oru green babya ipdilaam scare panapdaathu

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